New figures reveal more than 1,800 job seekers in Worcester

Droitwich Advertiser: There are more than 1,900 jobs available around Worcester, according to a government website There are more than 1,900 jobs available around Worcester, according to a government website

THE number of job vacancies in the Worcester area now exceeds the amount of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, new figures show.

A total of 1,870 city residents took home the government benefit in September, continuing a trend which has seen the number fall each month since February this year.

But according to the goverment’s own website there are currently 1,903 available jobs within a five mile radius of the city.

Just last week, however, your Worcester News reported that a company looking to fill 50 vacancies at an unnamed Worcester food factory received no applications. 

A recruitment boss, meanwhile, says he hasn’t seen any proof people don’t want to take up positions.

“In our experience the people that tend to come through the door to see us are those that want to work,” said Ben Mannion, strategic development director with Hewett Recruitment, based on Foregate Street in Worcester.

“It’s not just a case of fixing them up with a job but finding one that is right for them.

“I don’t think we ever get people who say ‘I’m not doing that’.”
He said the continued fall in jobseeker numbers reflects an increase in temporary appointments and a strong growth in permanent positions.

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The jobless figures for September remain at its lowest level in Worcester since December 2008.

The current number means the city remains below the national average for claimants with 2.8 per cent of the working population claiming the allowance compared with 3.2 per cent nationally.

Of the Worcester figure, 1,255 are men and 615 women. The number is down by 172 on August’s figure. 

Nationally, unemployment fell by 18,000 last month to 2.49 million.

As the figures were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday (Wednesday), the government launched the Claimant Commitment which it says marks the start of a “redefinition of the relationship between the welfare state and claimants”.

“In return for state support, we expect claimants to do all they can to meet their responsibilities to return to work,” said Employment Minister Esther McVey.

“Work coaches and jobseekers will agree regular specific tasks and training opportunities and the penalties claimants could face for failing to meet their responsibilities to get into work will be clearly spelt out.”

Those penalties could include the loss of benefits.

• Jobseeker’s Allowance is payable to adults who are available for and actively seeking work. Rates start at £56.80 per week.

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2:36pm Wed 16 Oct 13

walkerno5 says...

"Just last week, however, your Worcester News reported that a company looking to fill 50 vacancies at an unnamed Worcester food factory received no applications. "

Yes, well your Worcester News printed a blatantly misleading headline that didn't really accord with the story. The failure to fill 50 vacancies in the space of about four hours for a minimum wage temporary nightshift job should have been no surprise.

There are several people who should have a look at themselves in connection with that story.
"Just last week, however, your Worcester News reported that a company looking to fill 50 vacancies at an unnamed Worcester food factory received no applications. " Yes, well your Worcester News printed a blatantly misleading headline that didn't really accord with the story. The failure to fill 50 vacancies in the space of about four hours for a minimum wage temporary nightshift job should have been no surprise. There are several people who should have a look at themselves in connection with that story. walkerno5

3:30pm Wed 16 Oct 13

dropkick55 says...

UK jobless total falls by 18,000, NO!
People allowed to claim JSA has fallen 18,000 and now off the books maybe!
The amount off people sanctioned for being late, or should I say not being seen on time has gone up, petty discrepancies has added to people being took off JSA and put on hardship hand outs because they have been told no benefits for 3 years.
That is what cuts the figures down!
UK jobless total falls by 18,000, NO! People allowed to claim JSA has fallen 18,000 and now off the books maybe! The amount off people sanctioned for being late, or should I say not being seen on time has gone up, petty discrepancies has added to people being took off JSA and put on hardship hand outs because they have been told no benefits for 3 years. That is what cuts the figures down! dropkick55

5:01pm Wed 16 Oct 13

brooksider says...

Lazy journalism.
There are not 1,903 job vacancies within a 5 mile radius of Worcester on the Directgov website, this number includes jobs in Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch and Bromsgrove, it even includes the British Army and Vietnamese Interpreters.
What people need are proper jobs.
Out of the first 25 vacancies on the Jobcentre website, 11 were full time and 14 part time.
6 of the full time and 4 of the part time jobs are temporary, and 2 jobs are self employment.
Lazy journalism. There are not 1,903 job vacancies within a 5 mile radius of Worcester on the Directgov website, this number includes jobs in Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch and Bromsgrove, it even includes the British Army and Vietnamese Interpreters. What people need are proper jobs. Out of the first 25 vacancies on the Jobcentre website, 11 were full time and 14 part time. 6 of the full time and 4 of the part time jobs are temporary, and 2 jobs are self employment. brooksider

5:16pm Wed 16 Oct 13

thompson9100 says...

Great points raised already, but what about looking closer at those in employment? How many are in meaningful jobs that pay a decent wage and match people's skills?

On Monday this week, someone close to me went to Worcester job centre and even the adviser there couldn't find any jobs for her at all on universal job match! She's not looking for anything above her abilities and really wants to work, but due to disability she can't find anything! (cleaning, kitchen work factory work, anything). One vacancy the adviser saw advertised actually closed in mid September but was still in the site. Go figure.

We need jobs, not austerity. We need a government that will support growth for all, not just the rich.
Great points raised already, but what about looking closer at those in employment? How many are in meaningful jobs that pay a decent wage and match people's skills? On Monday this week, someone close to me went to Worcester job centre and even the adviser there couldn't find any jobs for her at all on universal job match! She's not looking for anything above her abilities and really wants to work, but due to disability she can't find anything! (cleaning, kitchen work factory work, anything). One vacancy the adviser saw advertised actually closed in mid September but was still in the site. Go figure. We need jobs, not austerity. We need a government that will support growth for all, not just the rich. thompson9100

11:28am Thu 17 Oct 13

rd_303 says...

Yet more pathetic reporting form the Daily Mail-lite Worcester News (you would have thought they mighty have learnt after last Friday piece on Consistent Personnel was ripped to shreds).
Yet more pathetic reporting form the Daily Mail-lite Worcester News (you would have thought they mighty have learnt after last Friday piece on Consistent Personnel was ripped to shreds). rd_303

11:30am Thu 17 Oct 13

rd_303 says...

brooksider wrote:
Lazy journalism.
There are not 1,903 job vacancies within a 5 mile radius of Worcester on the Directgov website, this number includes jobs in Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch and Bromsgrove, it even includes the British Army and Vietnamese Interpreters.
What people need are proper jobs.
Out of the first 25 vacancies on the Jobcentre website, 11 were full time and 14 part time.
6 of the full time and 4 of the part time jobs are temporary, and 2 jobs are self employment.
And often the same job (i.e. catalogue distributor) will be down 4 or 5 times (once for each area).
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: Lazy journalism. There are not 1,903 job vacancies within a 5 mile radius of Worcester on the Directgov website, this number includes jobs in Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch and Bromsgrove, it even includes the British Army and Vietnamese Interpreters. What people need are proper jobs. Out of the first 25 vacancies on the Jobcentre website, 11 were full time and 14 part time. 6 of the full time and 4 of the part time jobs are temporary, and 2 jobs are self employment.[/p][/quote]And often the same job (i.e. catalogue distributor) will be down 4 or 5 times (once for each area). rd_303

11:30am Thu 17 Oct 13

Realistblue says...

how many are full time vacancies.... not many i should think. im full-time employed, but i can see where jobseekers dont want to take part-time or the new thing employers are doing- 0 hours contracts. 12 hours one week, 0 the next.
i would sit at home with £70, rent paid, and Council tax until something full-time turned up.
how many are full time vacancies.... not many i should think. im full-time employed, but i can see where jobseekers dont want to take part-time or the new thing employers are doing- 0 hours contracts. 12 hours one week, 0 the next. i would sit at home with £70, rent paid, and Council tax until something full-time turned up. Realistblue

11:49am Thu 17 Oct 13

rd_303 says...

Thursday afternoon editorial conference at the Worcester News

Editor: What have we got to go in tomorrow's paper, Paul?
Paul: Well I've got a few ideas
E: Don't forget is out traditional have a go at the unemployed day
P: Oh I forgot. Any ideas?
E: Why don't you go onto the Universal Jobmatch website and see how many vacancies there are...you know the rest.
P: Good idea! Do you want me to do any further analysis of the data?
E: Not if it ruins a good headline.
Thursday afternoon editorial conference at the Worcester News Editor: What have we got to go in tomorrow's paper, Paul? Paul: Well I've got a few ideas E: Don't forget is out traditional have a go at the unemployed day P: Oh I forgot. Any ideas? E: Why don't you go onto the Universal Jobmatch website and see how many vacancies there are...you know the rest. P: Good idea! Do you want me to do any further analysis of the data? E: Not if it ruins a good headline. rd_303

4:57pm Thu 17 Oct 13

Gruszeczka says...

,, The current number means the city remains below the national average for claimants with 2.8 per cent of the working population claiming the allowance compared with 3.2 per cent nationally,, .....you should be happy with those digits .
,, The current number means the city remains below the national average for claimants with 2.8 per cent of the working population claiming the allowance compared with 3.2 per cent nationally,, .....you should be happy with those digits . Gruszeczka

7:20pm Thu 17 Oct 13

BadgerMash says...

This headline is so misleading and, potentially politically biased it's almost worthy of a London scandalsheet.
This headline is so misleading and, potentially politically biased it's almost worthy of a London scandalsheet. BadgerMash

10:50pm Fri 18 Oct 13

PrivateSi says...

Lies, exaggerations, governments & statistics always go together... It's £6.31 (£6.19 last week) for 12 hour shifts, 36 hours 1 week, 48 hours the next, 5:45 am / pm 'til 5:45 am / pm, no extra pay rate for overtime or night-shift (that if you don't do from time to time when asked you'll not get a chance of becoming a 'full time temp', whatever that is, so I've heard)... RIP OFF, Disgusting - I'm DREADING IT! Boring job, digusting pay and hours... Half the people there are foreign too.
Lies, exaggerations, governments & statistics always go together... It's £6.31 (£6.19 last week) for 12 hour shifts, 36 hours 1 week, 48 hours the next, 5:45 am / pm 'til 5:45 am / pm, no extra pay rate for overtime or night-shift (that if you don't do from time to time when asked you'll not get a chance of becoming a 'full time temp', whatever that is, so I've heard)... RIP OFF, Disgusting - I'm DREADING IT! Boring job, digusting pay and hours... Half the people there are foreign too. PrivateSi

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